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La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Elevation 7890 ft

Winter Snow, Summer Perfect


All campgrounds are fully open.

Stage One Fire Restrictions have been lifted effective Friday July 14th, 8:00AM.

The bad news is that fishing is not very good right now. The good news is that there are no fire restrictions, less people, and no dust. The forest is beautiful right now and is awaiting your presence.

Thirteen Year Old Nikolas With His 19″ Rainbow From Fenton Lake


Rain Yesterday… .05

Year To Date…  3.74


Rain Total 2016…12.05

Rain Total 2015… 20.90


Snow Yesterday… 0

Season To Date…  0


Snow Total 2016/17…96″

 Snow Total 2015/16…97″     

8 Year Old Krislynn Sanchez From San Felipe Pueblo and Her 21″ Brown Trout Taken From the Kid’s Pond Using a Prince Nymph


 Snow Total 2014/15…85″

Snow Total 2013/14…26″

Snow Total 2012/13…76″

Snow Total 2011/12…96″

Snow Total 2010/11…98″


Yesterday’s High… 75

This Morning’s Low… 51

Today… PM Storms Possible




May 15, 2017


A 1.1 mile stretch of FR376 is now closed at Gilman Tunnels for approximately the next 45 days. This closure is to mitigate rock slide danger in this stretch of Forest Road 376. Access to recreational areas along FR376 will be from Hwy 126 from the north. There will be no thru traffic through Gilman Tunnels during this time.


 Summer Camping Opportunities…Vista Linda Campground (13 sites) is open throughout the year for overnight camping. Fenton Lake State Park is open for camping (36 sites) and  all recreational activities.  Redondo Campground is fully open for the season. Paliza, San Antonio and Jemez Falls Campgrounds are now open effective May 15th. All forest roads within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District are now open for the season including FR376 north to San Antonio Hot Spring.


Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store is open 363 1/2 days a year….closing on Christmas Day and a half day on Thanksgiving. Our summer hours are 8:30 am to 8:00 pm every day. Come on in and say hi. We’d love to see you.


      ———————————- CURRENT FIRE DANGER… MODERATE——————————– As of Friday, July 14, 2017  8:00 am  the fire danger within the Santa fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, has been rated as moderate.  Currently there are fire restrictions.



****CAMPGROUND ALERT**** Fenton Lake State Park, and all Campgrounds within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, are now open. San Antonio Campground is reservation only.


*****WATER ALERT*****  If you are planning to camp the Jemez any time of the year, please fill up your water tanks in your campers and RVs prior to coming to the Jemez. There are no options to do so once you arrive.


The new license year began on April 1, 2017. A new fishing license is required to fish in the State of New Mexico. License fees remain the same. $35 for an adult resident and $11 for a junior (age 12-17)  resident. Kids (11 and under) fish free as do adults over the age of 70. There is a senior license for those age 65-69 for $18. All fees above include the required habitat stamps. NMDGF is now offering discounted licenses for New Mexico resident veterans and active duty military. Licenses are available at Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store or you can purchase your license online at the NMDGF website. Amanda’s also stocks a full line of bait and tackle.

Road Conditions….All highways within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District are open. Use caution on State Hwy 126 from La Cueva to Cuba, a distance of 40 miles, it is open but may be muddy in spots. It is not recommended for trailers, semis or highway motorcycles.


 All forest roads within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District are now open,  including FR376 north to San Antonio Hot Spring.

Campgrounds….Campgrounds are open as specified. Vista Linda Campground….Open Year-RoundRedondo Campground Open,  Jemez Falls Campground….Open,  San Antonio Campground…. Open (Reservation Only), Paliza Campground.OpenFenton Lake State Park…. OpenSpanish Queen Picnic Area….Open, Battleship Rock Picnic AreaOpen, La Cueva Picnic Area….Open,  Jemez Falls Picnic Area….Open, Spence Hot Spring Access and Parking Area….Open,  Dark Canyon Fishing Access….Open, Rincon Fishing Access….Open, River’s Bend Fishing Access…Open, Las Casitas Fishing Access…Open  .  All other fishing access day use areas south from Jemez Springs to Canon….Closed….will not open this year, including The Bluffs, San Diego and La Junta. Fishing on the lower Jemez is good throughout the spring and early summer and can be accessed many places other than the Forest Service parking areas. Trails….Forest Service Trailhead Parking areas Las Conchas and East Fork Trail 137….Open. Trails are open for public use, including trails to Jemez Falls, McCauley Warm Spring, Spence Hot Spring and San Antonio Hot Spring.

Fire Restrictions…

Stage One fire restrictions in effect as of 8:00am Friday June 16, 2017.

“Prohibitions: Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove except in Forest Service developed camp and picnic grounds where grills and stoves are provided by the Forest Service.”

“Prohibitions: Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials” 

Prohibitions: Possessing, discharging, or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device.”

 Fire danger is rated as high.

Amanda’s….Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store, located at the junction of Hwy 4 and 126 (the turnoff to Fenton Lake), is open from 8:30am till 8:00 pm everyday. (summer hours)